Apple hikes App Store prices in the EU

Apple hikes App Store prices in the EU
Just yesterday, we told you to expect Apple to raise App Store prices in Europe, Canada and Norway. This morning, the deed has been done in Europe as prices for apps in the EU are now higher. In the British App Store, paid apps now start at £0.79 ($1.20 USD) which is 15% higher than the £0.69 ($1.05) these apps would have cost you on Thursday.

The price hike was not done across the board. The next tier of pricing, starting at £1.49 ($2.25 USD), has remained untouched. However, the third tier also received a 15% price hike from £1.99 ($3.00 USD) to £2.29 ($3.43 USD).

Apple says that it had to raise App Store prices in certain regions because of fluctuations in currency and changes in value-added tax rates. But the result is a large gap between prices for apps in the U.S. and other parts of the world. An app priced at 99 cents in the U.S, is now priced at the equivalent of $1.20 in Britain. However, the U.S. app price doesn't include tax rates as high as 7.5%. But even adding that to the price results in a large discrepancy between the cost of apps in the U.S. and overseas.

When it comes to the value-added tax, Apple has been hit by a January 1st change in the EU. Online sellers must now charge a tax rate based on the buyer's location, rather than the country where the seller resides. Apple had taken advantage of the low tax rate in Luxembourg, but now must collect the higher VAT that other countries charge.

Besides raising App Store prices in the EU, Apple lowered them in Iceland and both raised and lowered prices in Russia.

source: TheGuardian

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10 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I am guessing ifans wool is not growing fast enough even with all the rich fertilizer.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shock, it's time for you to get some new material bro. You'll get more of those green thumbs you're chasing. Gotta do better my man.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

To be fair, that is new one. I haven't heard that one before

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tech how goes it bro?

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not bad, jed. Was out on a business visit from company for couple of days so couldn't reply earlier. How about you ? Where in US you live btw ?

6. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How old are you again? You're obsessed with this green thingy to the point you think everyone else is as shallow as you.

3. android_hitman unregistered

that's hilarious :))

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple........You SUCK!

8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1344; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Price of doing business - EU raise it VAT tax Apple response by raising it prices and marks it up a bit more to maximize it share of the profit from app developers. That's just the way it is. not happy with this then you have the right to leave the eco-system and try the competition. This is standard Business practice.

9. smitpatel

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

and now decrease 15% in india region :) if you want people buy your apps.

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